Even though Cinco de Mayo may have come and gone, that doesn't mean it's not always time for tequila. What's great about this specific spirit is that it doesn't need much to make the sweet, herbal, or spicy flavors pop, which is where the best simple tequila drinks come in. Whether it's fresh mango and OJ, kombucha and rose water, or even raw honey and cucumber, these tasty drinks don't need lots of extra ingredients (or shaking, for that matter).
Whether you're a pro behind the bar or just starting out, you'll still get the same delicious end result with these no-fail recipes. Plus, summer entertaining just got a heck of a lot easier since these drinks can be whipped up in no time. Some can be prepped in advance, and one can even be made a full 48 hours in advance. So go on, keep reading to see some of our favorite simple tequila drinks you can make on a moment's notice—and without a laundry list of steps. You're about to meet your summer go-tos.
CHILI LIME MANGO MARGARITA
A chili lime mango margarita may be one of the best drinks of summer since it's refreshing with just the right amount of spice. All of the ingredients—fresh mango chunks, orange juice, limes, tequila, triple sec, a bit of hot sauce and agave nectar—are blended until smooth. Finish with a hot sauce and chili powder rim if you so dare.
RASPBERRY ROSE TEQUILA KOMBUCHA
When we heard that only five ingredients were needed for this simple tequila drink, we were already pleased. And then once we got to tasting the just sweet enough blend of fresh raspberries, tequila, lemon, rose water, and good-for-you kombucha, we were thrilled. Add ice and stir to get just the right chill factor.
BLOOD ORANGE THYME PALOMA
The Paloma is the favorite of all tequila cocktails in Mexico (yes, you got that right, it's not the margarita). This take on the drink uses blood orange soda to add some exotic flavor to the mash-up of tequila, fresh lime juice, sea salt, and thyme. PS: You can actually make this drink two days ahead of time and store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
CUCUMBER MARGARITA RECIPE
For a light tequila cocktail, cucumber as a main ingredient is the way to go. The veggie is blended with lime juice, then mixed up with the tequila, triple sec, and organic raw honey for sweetness. Of note: One serving of this beverage will only set you back 130 calories.
SUMMERTIME ROSÉ TEQUILA SANGRIA
Talk about a cinch—this rosé tequila sangria can be mixed up in a pitcher for easy summertime entertaining. The sangria is made with a whole bottle of rosé wine, some tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and tons of fresh fruit including strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and watermelon. When you pour a glass, top with a splash of sparkling water or kombucha.
Leave it to Broma Bakery to whip up a drink the blogger calls "summer in a glass." There are only a few simple ingredients the cocktail calls for: tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime. Then you can mix it together and garnish with edible flowers if you want to fancy it up. ■
There's no need to worry about which cocktails to serve at your next summer party. Choose one or two of the simple tequila drinks above and we can assure you your guests will be coming back for a second pour.